NEW YORK, NY (WNY News Now) – New York State is distributing another round of Monkeypox vaccinations to local health departments.
Governor Kathy Hochul announced on Wednesday the state will be distributing over 11,800 vaccines.
Last Friday, federal health officials announced they plan to send approximately 110,000 additional doses to New York State and New York City.
Those eligible to receive a Monkeypox vaccine include people with recent exposure to the virus, are at high risk to exposure, or have had skin-to-skin contact with someone in a social network.
The virus is transmitted primarily through close physical contact. Recent cases are mostly among men who have sex with men.
“As you know, we announced a Declaration of Emergency, and here’s why. We are seeing higher cases, you can see them across the State, about 1,617, growing quickly.”
In total, the U.S. has reported almost 6,000 cases since the beginning of May. The total worldwide exceeds 20,000.
So far, no local cases have been reported in Chautauqua County.